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Dear Parent/Guardian of Prairie View Students
Happy New Year….well, not quite yet, but it is coming! It always seems strange to be starting another calendar year when we are about halfway through a school year. We only had fifteen student attendance days in December, but they were sure jam-packed with activities. Some students, clad in their PJ’s, boarded the Polar Express while others created magnificent gingerbread houses out of all kinds of goodies. Students in all grade levels were learning new songs as they prepared for the school sing-a-long. Of course, there were reading, writing, and math lessons every day, too. There were other….works in progress…taking place in all classrooms, but those activities are currently “classified”. Students at the other end of the building were boarding the Polar Express! Mrs. Mitilieri, along with her band of many merry helpers, hosted her first Book Fair along with a successful Family Night. Our school was transformed into a magical ice kingdom and we had a great turnout. Prairie View students had the opportunity to visit JC Fitness Yorkville Sports Dome and participate in a variety of movement activities. From the reviews, it sounds like everyone had a fun experience. Thank you so much for your generosity with the Franklin Mall Project. I am confident that many families in our community will be very appreciative. Santa was able to take a little time off and join our sing-a-long on the last school day before Winter Break. Students performed traditional holiday music for him and he, in turn, treated each boy and girl to a candy cane. As we end another year, one of our Prairie View family members is ending her career. After nineteen years with Sandwich CUSD #430, Mrs. Steinhardt will be retiring at the end of 2019. We will miss not seeing her on a daily basis, but are wishing her all good things in her retirement!
So…what’s in store for January? Well…….we are back in session (with students) on Monday, January 6th. One week later, we will have the great reveal for this year’s One School One Book selection. All students in grades kindergarten through fifth will be reading the same book. Family Night will be at Herman E. Dummer on Thursday, January 30th….more details to follow so stay-tuned! I guarantee that it will be “scentsational”! The St. Jude’s Math-a-Thon will begin on January 14th. If you are new to this project, it is a good way to sharpen math skills while raising money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Winter benchmarking will begin in mid-January. This is the second of three benchmarking periods when each student is screened to check progress in math and reading. School will not be in session on January 20th in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Sounds like 2020 is going to follow 2019 as a busy year!
Get that new calendar out because ready or not, 2020 is peaking around the corner! We return to a full day of school on January 6th. Happy January and Happy New Year!!
Foundation for Educational Excellence
Sandwich #430 Prepares to Rollout New Method of Communication to Families
Parents & Guardians,
Sandwich CUSD #430 is preparing to rollout SMS or text messaging notification for reminders, emergency and other notifications. Prior to using this method of communication, the district will be sending an email to parents containing instructions for sending an Opt-In text message to a Group code.
The Opt-In must be done from the mobile device that is to receive these messages in order to begin receiving them. Also, the number for this mobile device must be included in your child’s parent profile in the Tyler Parent portal. Please contact your child’s attendance center for updating this information.
Sandwich CUSD #430
Online Payment of fees
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Wellness Night at the Middle School
Mark your calendars! Sandwich CUSD #430 will be having its first Wellness Night on Thursday, February 20 at the Sandwich Middle School from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Many wellness-related vendors are expected and we are excited to share this information with our community. All are welcome. More information will be coming home at a later date.
Franklin Mall Project
St. Jude Math-a-thon Kick off!
We'll be starting another Box Tops competition after winter break
keep clipping those Box Tops!
Our next PPA Meeting will be January 8th at 1:30.
If you were unable to make it, to our last meeting
please feel free to contact us via our email or Facebook page with
any questions or ideas.
PPA Facebook: www.facebook.com/PVPPA
News from the School Nurse
January Health Tips:
Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. The flu is different from a cold. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone with flu will have a fever)
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults
Protect yourself and your family this season with an annual flu vaccine for everyone who is 6 months and older. Seasonal flu activity can last as late as May. Visit www.flu.gov or check out this Parent's Guide for more information.
The 3 Cs - Follow basic health hygiene practices to limit the spread of illness:
Clean - wash your hands frequently to prevent the spread of germs
Cover - your cough or sneeze with your elbow or sleeve
Contain - students should stay home if they're sick
Students should be kept home if they have a fever greater than 100 degrees. Students should stay home for at least 24-hours after they no longer have a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
We also ask that when you call your student in absent, please indicate if their symptoms include a fever greater than 100 degrees, cough, or sore throat.
NEWS FROM THE CLASSROOMS
December was a flurry of fun! Kindergarten read If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, Bear Snores On, The Wild Reindeer, and The Polar Express. We then did lots of exciting math and language activities based on these popular holiday books. Some examples are “magic” painting, creative writing, and word families. We also had a whole week of gingerbread themed activities. We were excited to have two fifth grade classes come over from Dummer to help us write letters to Santa, play some holiday games, and share a snack with us!
The third graders traveled to J.C. Fitness in Yorkville, recently, for P.E teacher Mrs. Martin's field trip workout. The students ran the obstacle course, played soccer on the astro-turf, and ran relay races against the other classes.
Each class made their gingerbread houses last week. Every student brought a can of white frosting, and filled their plate at the buffet tables with candy toppings, then built their Gummy Bear Mansions.
PV students took a field trip to visit JC Fitness at the Dome in Yorkville. Students were able to experience the dome and were able to participate in many fitness activities and were able to explore different equipment. Students spent a majority of their time having fun and enjoying physical activity!